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Hong Kong's status as a former British colony has given it a long-standing foundation for cricket. The Hong Kong Cricket Club was founded in 1851 and subsequent generations have all contributed to the growth of cricket. What was once a purely Anglicised expatriate game now encompasses a significant number of sub-continental migrants who come together at senior and all age-group levels to represent Hong Kong.
What is most significant, however, about current cricket activity is that the game has been embedded in the curriculum of primary schools throughout the territory. As such, thousands of native Chinese boys and girls have been introduced to cricket.
The Hong Kong Cricket Association has created opportunities to sustain that initial contact and interest not only in the school system but outside it too. A thriving club cricket scene for men and women provides plenty of playing opportunities. Along with ACC funding and ICC support, the Hong Kong Cricket Association is healthily placed to find, nurture and develop internationally competitive cricketers. One thing that has held it back for a while is the absence of a full-sized international ground but plans (and negotiations with the authorities) are already under way for the creation of two fully-turfed grounds in Kowloon's Po Kong and Mission Road.
Winning its first ACC Trophy in 2008 (defeating four-time champions UAE in the final and Afghanistan in the semi-final) gave Hong Kong tremendous confidence and carried it through to success in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division Four later in the year. Successive qualification for three Asia Cups has shown that when it comes to 50-over cricket on turf, Hong Kong is a match for any non-ODI country and remains one of class acts amongst Asian Associates.
Hong Kong relinquished its ACC Trophy Elite crown to Afghanistan during the April 2010 tournament in April, losing to the eventual winners inthe semi-final before defeating Malaysia in the third-place play-off. It was Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division Three champion at the start of 2011 and did well enough in Division Two to qualify for an ICC High Performance Grant. Its aim is to qualify for the next ICC Intercontinental Cup starting in 2013, and the big prize: ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 qualification. To that end it revamped its domestic cricket structure in the 2011/12 season to boost elite performance.